Obama rally streaker to make another attempt
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Last Updated: Friday, October 15, 2010, 16:26
  
New York: New York streaker Juan Rodriguez, who ran naked at an Obama rally in Philadelphia but failed to collect a USD 1 million prize, will make another attempt -- this time in front of another undisclosed head of state.

Rodriguez had accepted the challenge by Alki David, the British billionaire who came up with an offer to pay USD 1 million to garner attention to his website Battlecam.com.

After the challenge, David said that Rodriguez failed to meet all the requirements of his challenge and refused to pay up for the stunt.

Later, David decided to give him consolation prize.

The challenge required the participants to shout "Battlecam.com" six times, and have the name of the website written across his or her chest, and be within earshot and sight of Obama.

David wasn't convinced that President Barack Obama had seen 24-year-old Juan Rodriguez pull off the stunt.

"After reviewing the footage of Juan Rodriguez's attempt to complete the Battlecam.com Million Dollar Challenge, I spoke with Mr Rodriguez directly. He agreed that he was not able to complete all the criteria of the challenge," David said in his statement.

"But he (Juan) came so very close, and his personal story about why he decided to take such a risk for his family, moved me to provide him with a generous consolation prize," he added.

Rodriguez has been charged with indecent exposure and lewd behaviour before being released on USD 10,000 bail.

The White House has refused to comment on the incident. Rodriguez insisted that he had come within 10 feet of the president.

"He (Obama) definitely did look at me for a moment?he kept his cool though," he said in an interview with The New York Post.

The man from Staten Island said he wanted to use the money to cover his sister's medical bills and to start a college fund for his three young children.

David has indeed has agreed to pay all Rodriguez's sister's hospital bills, Rodriguez's rent for the next year, which is about USD 1,600 a month, and will provide him with an additional undisclosed amount of cash, according to The Post.

David has also been criticised for hiding behind technicalities and simply not paying up USD 1 million.

Now, Rodriguez will make another attempt for the same benefactor, involving an undisclosed head of state for an undisclosed amount.

PTI


First Published: Friday, October 15, 2010, 16:26


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